Freshman Class of the 112th Congress

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Arizona

Paul Gosar (R-1st District)

About: Gosar, a political novice who has owned his own dentistry practice for 25 years, capitalized on the anti-Democratic wave that swept the country to unseat Democratic incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick and earn a ticket to Washington. He will serve on the Natural Resources and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

Election Results:
Paul Gosar (R): 50.0%
Ann Kirkpatrick (D): 43.5%

 

Ben Quayle (R-3rd District)

About: The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle survived a competitive GOP primary and general election to win retiring eight-term Republican Rep. John Shadegg’s seat. To win elected office for the first time, he had to weather controversies over his editorial contributions to a Web site called “Dirty Scottsdale” and a campaign ad in which he called President Obama the “worst president in history.”

Election Results:
Ben Quayle (R): 52.4%
Jon Hulburd (D): 41.2%

 

David Schweikert (R-5th District)

About: Schweikert, the former Maricopa County treasurer, avenged a 2008 loss to Rep. Harry Mitchell with a nine-point victory over the incumbent this year. He will serve on the House Budget Committee.

Election Results:
David Schweikert (R): 52.2%
Harry Mitchell (D): 43.1%

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